So 3 days ago we learned that Gee’s brother and his sister both have tested positive for the virus. They are both in the late 50’s early 60’s and relatively healthy.
His sister is being evaluated for downgrading and possible discharge in a day or so, Thanks be to God!!!
His brother had to be intubated 3 days ago as he was in respiratory failure.
He still remains intubated 3 days later.
Gee is an ER nurse with an extensive background of being a NY EMS for over 20 years.
He is currently making plans to return to NYC (New York City) to be near his family and to help at Brookdale Hospital. He did a 2-year travel assignment 2 years ago and is already familiar with the workings of the ER there.
Another motivating factor are his family (his mother in her 80’s) and his brother currently in grave danger.
We understand that the longer someone is intubated, the transition back to self-ventilation becomes exponentially difficult with each passing day.
The stress in our home is at an all time high. His daily phone calls with ICU doctors.
New York’s Governor Cuomo is overwhelmed and asking / begging for health professionals to help the State. There are current over 66,497+ positive cases and 618 dead in NY. Overnight 253 more deaths alone.
Governor Cuomo is desperately short of healthcare personnel, ventilators etc.
In the US currently 143,667 infected and 2,487 dead.
All numbers continue to rise.
Globally 745,308 infected and 35,307 deaths if the numbers are to be believed.
New york is currently dealing with the lions share of this pandemic and the morgues are overflowing with bodies. Refrigerated trailers are outside hospitals to collect surplus bodies.
I woke today not wanting to think about this evil, but there is no burying our heads in the sand.
New York had been our homes for 40+ and 30+ years respectively and many many of our friends and families in the healthcare profession and beyond resides there.
This is very distressing for us as we live so far away and feel powerless.
I am also contemplating the idea of travelling to NY to lend a hand.
Only God knows …
Let us please ceaselessly pray for ALL.